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Casey and her floating kneecap

This little lovebug is Casey. Casey is a rockstar on top of being beautiful. She has a bad case of luxating patella AKA floating kneecaps in her back legs and it was really crimping her style. For instance, when Casey wanted to run and chase other dogs she had to do so using three legs, since that pesky leg got in the way! Luckily Casey’s mom was referred to us to see if we could help her darling little lady.

 

When Casey first started seeing us her floating kneecap was popping in and out of socket with nearly every step. It was constant and she had lost a great deal of muscle tone because she didn’t want to use this leg. We knew this wouldn’t be a quick fix, but her mom was willing to give us a shot because she didn’t want to do surgery.

 

Within three weeks our little Casey was already putting weight on that back leg. Within another three weeks Casey was using her leg more than she wasn’t, and by the end of two months this little girl was almost always using her back leg. Her kneecap would pop out but she was able to correct it, and this was only happening once every few weeks as opposed to daily. Casey hardly ever limps anymore and she’s faster and more energetic than ever. What may have been bleak chances turned into the best decision that could’ve been made for this love monkey. We are so proud of her progress!

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Latte and Her Luxating Patella

luxatingpatellaLatte here is a spicy little cup-of-joe. She’s technically a senior dog but you would never know it based on her activity level and her energy. Latte has luxating patella in both of her back legs and she had started to have a lot of trouble with stairs, jumping on furniture, and even going on walks. She was limping and even a little lethargic, and would occasionally cry out in pain. Without knowing what exactly to do to help, her fur family decided to give chiropractic a try.

 

Latte was slow to get up and unsteady when she moved at her first visit. She hesitated to get into a sit and was struggling to stand from a down position. Her muscles in her hind legs had experienced significant atrophy during the years of having her patellas luxate. Though one side was more severe, they both needed a lot of work to get them up to snuff! Latte was not the happiest of campers getting adjusted because she was in a lot of discomfort…but all that soon changed.

 

Latte now walks in with purpose and excitement. She doesn’t limp, her muscle tone has equalized and strengthened, and the girl can get up and down without trouble at all. She’s basically become a jumping bean and we cannot get over the progress she has made. Between good parenting and a mobile back end, little Latte certainly doesn’t need her morning cup of coffee anymore!

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Josette The Coton and her Luxated Patellas

luxating patellaThis gorgeous little lady is Josette. She’s a coton de tulear and since puppyhood she has struggled with limping in her back end. Come to find out Josette has luxating patella in both of her back legs, a very common condition in her breed. The issue with this condition is that it causes Josette to compensate in other joints for her knee disorder. Her hips were getting sore and her muscles had atrophied significantly in her hind end. Being only a year old, Josette’s family wanted to do everything they can to give her body a chance to recover from this. When surgery was the option they were given, they knew there had to be something else.

 

Josette came in with no interest in weight bearing on her one back leg at all, making it very difficult for her other leg to function because that one also had the same condition. Her muscles were so severely deficient that even when she did weight-bear she couldn’t do so for long because she wasn’t strong enough. After her first two adjustments Josette began to use her back leg more and more.

 

With each additional adjustment Josette seemed to improve. She now uses her back legs about 85% of the time and has regained much of the strength she had originally lost. Her kneecaps do not pop in and out to the extent they once did and she’s able to play with her doodle sister more than before. Her energy level is up and stability has also increased. She’s an absolute love an we are so happy she’s come this far without ever having to have surgery!

 

Watch her video here! Josette Before and After